SketchUp Pro for beginners

Course Dates: 14/09/21 - 16/11/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
Learn to visualise and model interior spaces and 3D forms with this easy-to-use and intuitive program. It is a perfect addition to our interior and/or garden design courses. The software is very affordable and available for home use on a PC or Mac.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £201.00

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Course Code: VF386

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Started Tue, eve, 14 Sep - 16 Nov '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Please note: We offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. Just visit our online Help Center for more information on a range of topics including fees, online learning and FAQs.

What is the course about?

This course is an introduction to developing 3D design ideas using a computer. The SketchUp Pro software is a
very user-friendly 3D modelling program that enables perspective drawings and 2D orthographic projections (plans, elevation and sections). It is ideal for conceptual interior design proposals as well as final designs that are fully rendered and scaled. It can also be used for modelling objects and outdoor spaces. The SketchUp Pro software is sufficiently adaptable to be relevant for the home enthusiast and professionals alike. The program can be used on both PC and Mac

This course is taught using SketchUp license.
You will need to purchase or download this software before the first session
You can get a SketchUp license from:

You will need to submit proof of enrolment, which you can obtain by emailing at least 3 working days before the course start date.
Wherever possible, please try to check the software is working as it should before the course starts, due to the nature of online learning, you tutors will not be able to support with technical issues related to downloading and installing software.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We will cover various techniques to create different spaces and shapes relating to all aspects of interiors. The early sessions will be constructed around set exercises and handouts moving on to a more individual approach through a home or work project that you may want to develop. Individual tutorial support will be provided throughout the sessions.
Periodically there will be forum sessions were we will look at each other’s work to discuss different aspects of the
Asking questions and commenting is encouraged at all times.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Create 3D images directly on the computer
- Visualise the model from different view points
- Introduce textures and finishes
- Incorporate simple shadows
- Save the model as an image
- Prepare images for printing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

We will introduce all students to SketchUp Pro 7, but you will need to come with a basic understanding of computer use and manipulating a computer mouse. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.


How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered via Zoom which is a reliable online vehicle for this type of software. It offers remote
control of participants computers which is a very useful tool for problem solving. On going discussions, exercises and one to one help will ensure you get full support throughout the course.
The course consists of discussions and demonstrations and one-to-one personal projects.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You need to purchase a USB memory stick of 2GB to collect and keep your data safe.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Develop your skills further with VF507 SketchUp Pro: taking your project further intensive.
City Lit offer a range of courses in Interior Design, Vector Works, SketchUp Pro, Axonometric Drawing, model making, Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance your Interior Design practice.

Nicholas Williamson

Nick Williamson studied both Interior Design and 3D Design, subsequently working as an interior designer for hospitality projects including Rank Hotels and as the senior designer for high street retailer W H Smith. He then returned to study – graduating with an MA in Furniture Design - after which he set up as an independent furniture designer/maker making bespoke pieces for both corporate and private clients. He now combines his design work with teaching and is a design tutor and lecturer at several design schools, universities and colleges. A personal interest in CAD software has led to him specialising in Vectorworks, AutoCAD and SketchUp. He enjoys showing students the possibilities of what these programs can achieve and is experienced at teaching at all levels.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.